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Dominguez doubles up at Breeders' Classic

October 10, 2004|by LARRY YANOS

larryy@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - It was a profitable day for jockey Ramon Dominguez.

A Huevo, with Dominguez aboard, won Saturday's $300,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic at Charles Town Races & Slots.

The 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds and upwards featured a 10-horse field and was free of any mishaps.

Breaking from the ninth post position in the feature, A Huevo broke free midway through the race and won in convincing fashion.

Tienneman Square finished second, followed by Longfield Spud and Adams Tribe.

A Huevo also won this event in 1999, setting a track record for the 1 1/8-mile test in 1:50.1, only to later be disqualified.

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In the co-featured $250,000 Jefferson Security Bank "Cavada" West Virginia Breeders' Classic, Original Gold prevailed with Dominguez aboard.

Dominguez, who also rode earlier in the day at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., was in an early speed duel with Fancy Buckles, but Original Gold eventually drew off and won by four lengths.

Longshot Marthamountainmama finished second at 18-1 and Fancy Buckles settled for third.

The race was for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and upwards, and covered a distance of 7 furlongs.

The Charles Town racetrack reopened Friday evening following constant problems with an uneven racing surface. The safety of jockeys and horses was a major concern for West Virginia Breeders Classics, Ltd. president Sam Huff, Penn National Gaming management and horsemen and jockeys.

The race was the highlight of the XXXIII West Virginia Breeders Classics - a $1 million eight-race card featuring West Virginia-bred or sired horses and the richest day of thoroughbred racing in the state.

The attractive eight-race card featured the $300,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic, the $250,000 Cavada Breeders Classic and six $75,000 races.

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